Lebanon: Six Hezbollah, Amal Fighters Killed in Israeli Strikes in the South

28 March 2024, Lebanon, Naqoura: Lebanese women walk past rubble of a café that was hit by an overnight Israeli strike in the southern Lebanese village of Naqoura. Photo: STR/dpa
28 March 2024, Lebanon, Naqoura: Lebanese women walk past rubble of a café that was hit by an overnight Israeli strike in the southern Lebanese village of Naqoura. Photo: STR/dpa
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Lebanon: Six Hezbollah, Amal Fighters Killed in Israeli Strikes in the South

28 March 2024, Lebanon, Naqoura: Lebanese women walk past rubble of a café that was hit by an overnight Israeli strike in the southern Lebanese village of Naqoura. Photo: STR/dpa
28 March 2024, Lebanon, Naqoura: Lebanese women walk past rubble of a café that was hit by an overnight Israeli strike in the southern Lebanese village of Naqoura. Photo: STR/dpa

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Amal parties declared on Saturday that six of their fighters were killed in Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon.
Hezbollah also declared carrying out nine attacks against Israeli army outposts in north Israel.
Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza on October 7, Hezbollah and Israel have been exchanging cross-border bombardment on a near daily basis. Movements allied with Hezbollah have also declared engagement in military operations against Israel.
On Friday, Hezbollah said three of its fighters were killed. Amal movement, led by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, also said three of its own were killed.
Hezbollah claims to carry out attacks on Israel in support of Hamas in Gaza, and that it is targeting Israeli military sites.
Israel says it is responding to the sources of fire from Lebanon, and is targeting military officials in Hezbollah and Hamas, according to Agence France-Presse.
The Israeli army said in a statement on Friday that its warplanes carried out an airstrike on a military facility of Amal in Marjayoun, in southern Lebanon.
The spokesperson for the Israeli army, Avichay Adraee, announced on X platform that Israeli warplanes targeted infrastructure of Hezbollah, including a military building, in the area of Ayta al-Shaab, in southern Lebanon.
The Secretary-General of Hezbollah announced in a televised speech Friday that the party had not yet used "neither its main weapons nor its main forces" against Israel. He reiterated that Hezbollah would cease its attacks when the war in Gaza stops.
Since the beginning of cross-border hostilities, at least 356 people were killed in Lebanon, including 235 fighters from Hezbollah, 15 fighters from the Amal Movement, and 68 civilians.
On the Israeli side, 10 soldiers and eight civilians were killed by fire from Lebanon, according to the Israeli army.



Egypt Needs to Import $1.18 Billion in Fuel to End Power Cuts, PM Says

The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. (Reuters)
The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. (Reuters)
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Egypt Needs to Import $1.18 Billion in Fuel to End Power Cuts, PM Says

The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. (Reuters)
The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. (Reuters)

Egypt needs to import around $1.18 billion worth of mazut fuel oil and natural gas to end persistent power cuts exacerbated by consecutive heat waves, its Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said in a televised address on Tuesday.

It hopes the shipments will arrive in full around the third week of July, by which point the government aims to stop cutting power during the remaining summer months, he added.

It has already started contracting for 300,000 tons of mazut worth $180 million to boost its strategic reserves which are expected to arrive early next week.

Egypt's government on Monday extended daily power cuts to three hours from two hours previously in response to a surge in domestic electricity consumption during the latest heat wave.

These three-hour cuts will continue until the end of June, before returning to two hours in the first half of July with the aim of stopping completely for the rest of the summer, Madbouly said on Tuesday.

Egyptian social media has lit up with complaints about the impact of the blackouts, with some saying they have been forced to purchase private power generators.

The problem has particularly affected teenagers preparing for the crucial high school certificate, with some posting about students studying by candlelight and others in coffee shops.

A wedding hall owner in the coastal city of Port Said said he would turn one of his ballrooms into a study hall.

Since July last year, load shedding linked to falling gas production, rising demand and a shortage of foreign currency has led to scheduled two-hour daily power cuts in most areas.

"We had said that we planned to end load shedding by the end of 2024... we do not have a power generation problem or a network problem, we are unable to provide fuel," Madbouly said on Tuesday.

"With the increase in consumption related to the major development and population increase, there has been a lot of pressure on our dollar resources," he added.

He said production in a neighboring country's gas field had come to a full halt for 12 hours leading to an interruption in the supply, without naming the country or the gas field.

Egypt's Abu Qir Fertilizers said on Tuesday three of its plants had halted production because their supply of natural gas was cut.